Over 180 free speech therapy worksheets, activities, and flash cards for speech-language pathologists, teachers, and parents! I made these materials to use with my clients, and I hope you can use them too.
It's beginning to look a lot like... WINTER! I tried to make these before/after directions less "Christmas" and more "Winter" but I just can't help how excited I am about Christmas this year! It's my baby girl's first Christmas ever!!! So I apologize to those of you who can't use these in public schools or other settings if they are too Christmas-y. I can make another one with just cold weather related items (scarves, boots, mittens, etc) if someone requests that. Maybe with baby blue and gray colors?
Here is a worksheet that addresses following temporal directions (before/after) with a Thanksgiving theme. For example: "Touch the pumpkin after you touch the turkey."
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These "before" and "after" temporal directions have a Halloween theme. For example: "After you touch the bat, touch the skeleton." I like using these worksheets to target following directions with basic concepts from the CELF-4 assessment. This is also a fun concept to target using real life objects or actions ("Before you bring me the pumpkin, say 'Boo!'").
This worksheet targets temporal directions (before and after) with a back-to-school theme. For example: "Before you touch the desk, touch the blackboard" and "Touch the chair before you touch the backpack." Depending on which clause the word "before" appears in, the order of the directions reverses! This is a difficult receptive language concept for some kids, and often leads to poor performance on the Concepts & Following Directions subtest of the CELF-4 assessment.
A little early, but here are some positional directions with an Independence Day theme. I am especially excited about the Fourth of July this year because my baby girl is due that day! The basic concepts addressed in this activity are over, under, above, below, beside, and next to.
These flash cards address the spatial or positional concepts of front and behind. This concept is much easier to target with actual objects, but flash cards have their place too. I find that this particular concept is NOT well targeted with iPad apps. I've used one where the student drags and drops an item behind or in front of a house, but it's really more just to the left or the right of the house. I do, however, love iPad apps for other spatial concepts like above and below, or left and right.
Here are some positional directions with a Cinco de Mayo theme. I don't know about the rest of the country but this is big here in Texas. I especially love it because my husband is half Mexican and we got married in Mexico! Of course, I'd rather celebrate with a margarita than with a Cinco de Mayo worksheet... but hopefully my clients will think this is fun!
This is similar to a worksheet I posted last week, which addressed over, under, and beside. This one addresses behind and in front of, which I think are more difficult. These require the student to take the perspective of the girl, for example, in order to determine what object is in front of her versus behind her. In other words, the correct answer depends on which way she is facing. This is difficult especially for children with autism, who often have trouble with perspective taking skills.
This worksheet has two pages for a total of 12 positional questions.
I made this worksheet to work on answering questions about which item is under, over, or beside another object. There are 3 pages for a total of 18 questions. Love working on those positional concepts!!!
This is another wonderful idea that came from my client's mom. Thanks again M.K.! The best ideas come from those who know our clients better than we do, so I am always thankful for other people's ideas! We are still trying several different approaches to see what will stick when it comes to negation concepts. We might also try this same idea with pictures rather than words.
Here is another worksheet addressing the language concept of "not." This is a difficult concept to target, which is why I have made so many materials to work on it! Lots of repetitive practice is needed.
You could also work on this using a set of real life objects (e.g., "Give me everything that is NOT blue. Give me all of the dolls that are NOT boys").
This is part two of an activity I posted last week. My sweet client was able to identify which item from a choice of two was NOT in a category, but this takes it to the next level. Now, he will have to identify which item IS and which item IS NOT in that category. Cognitively, he understands what belongs in a category, but has trouble understanding and expressing the language concept of "not."
I have a client who is learning a new augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. She is able to request colors and label colors using her device, but we have not yet worked on identifying the color of an object that is not right in front of her. This worksheet will be used to answer questions about what color various items are. Some of these (apples, grapes) have multiple answers that are acceptable. The point is really just to work on her familiarity with the device.
This worksheet addresses the basic language concept of "not." One of my kids can identify what doesn't belong from a field of 3-4, but it's harder to decide what is "not" in a category when there are only two choices. What's even harder will be alternating between asking what IS and what IS NOT in a given category! We will get to that soon!
My before/after directions seemed to be a hit last week, and someone had the genius idea of making holiday themed directions, which are always more fun! Here is a St. Patrick's Day worksheet addressing the temporal concepts of "before" and "after" in mixed clause positions. Does anyone else NOT get spring break off? I work in a private clinic and I'm jealous of everyone who has the week off!
I was giving the CELF-4 yesterday and realized that although I like the Concepts & Following Directions subtest, there are not a lot of written materials out there that address some of the types of basic concepts on this subtest. Obviously you can do before/after directions with real life objects (jump up and down before you spin around), but I made this worksheet to work on before/after directions with pictures, which is what the CELF-4 is really testing.